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The research activities of the Centre started in 2004. Initially it consisted mainly of Japanese studies, but since 2008 Korean studies and Chinese studies were gradually introduced, the research spectrum of the Centre was expanded. Main topics of Centre’s researchers are concentrated on cultural and political processes in East Asia.

Centre’s umbrella research theme is the image/representation of East Asian countries in Europe. Due to this, we are particularly interested in Japanese and Korean popular cultures, contributing much for building the images of these countries in the post Cold War world.

Concentrated on this main research line, the Centre is initiating research projects, aiming at creation of the international research networks, organizing annual conferences/symposiums and publishing research results. Since 2007 Centre’s projects are supported by Toshiba International Foundation, Japan Foundation and Suntory Foundation.

Centre’s academic research projects:

Study on representation of Japanese contemporary popular culture in Europe
Sponsor: Japan Foundation,
Duration: March 2012-March 2013
Result: not finished

Comparative Research of the Reception of Japanese and Korean Popular Culture in Europe (joint research and publication)
Sponsor: Suntory Foundation
Duration: August 2011-July 2012
Result: Publication “Reception of Japanese and Korean Popular Culture in Europe” (2)

Japan in the West: a Comparative Analysis (joint research and publication)
Sponsor: Japan Foundation, Ref. No. 23RC-E8001
Duration: March 2011-March 2012
Results: “Regioninės studijos (6)

Japanology within Asian Studies in Lithuania: Historical Perspective and Present Situation (Symposium)
Sponsor: Japan Foundation, Ref. No. 23RIE-RC-E11021
Duration: May 2011-December 2011
Results: Homepage “Asian Studies in Lithuania”, The Fifth international conference; Publication “East Asian Studies in Lithuania”

Reception of Japanese and Korean Popular Culture in Europe (joint research and publication)
Sponsor: Suntory Foundation
Duration: August 2010-July 2011
Result: Publication

Representation of Japan in European Medias. Comparison with the Korean Case (joint research and publication)
Sponsor: Japan Foundation
Duration:  June 2010-May 2011
Result: International conference; Publication

Japan as Images: Crossing Viewpoints of Europe and Japan
Sponsor: Japan Foundation
Duration: April 2009-March 2010
Result: International conference; “Regioninės studijos (4)

Contemporary Japan from European Perspective
Sponsor: Toshiba International Foundation
Duration: April 2008-March 2009
Result: “Regioninės studijos (3)

Image of Japan in Europe
Sponsor: Toshiba International Foundation
Duration: April 2007-March 2008
Result: International conference; Publication

Besides, the Centre for Asian Studies also conducts educationalpublication support and library expansion projects.